This thought sends young Peter T. Hooper on a quest to gather eggs from the most exotic birds out there—and given that this is a Dr. Seuss book, there are some truly wacky species to choose from. So Peter lifts eggs from the Kweet—whose eggs are the sweetest in the world because of the things they eat—to the Single-File Zummzian Zuks, a species of ducks who walk in a single-file line carrying their eggs on their thumbs.
There are plenty of birds he passes by, though—like the Twiddler Owls, “‘Cause I knew that the eggs of those fellows who twiddle / Taste sort of like dust from inside a bass fiddle.” Also skipped is the Stroodle, a stork/poodle hybrid whose eggs are too gooey.
At the end of the book, he has a mountain of eggs in his kitchen, and he uses them to whip up a special batch of Scrambled Eggs Super-Dee-Dooper-dee-Booper, Special de luxe à-la-Peter T. Hooper. Or…does he? Like many Seuss books, the reader is left with the feeling that all of the action might have happened in the main character’s imagination.
There’s a lot to love here. Seuss’s illustrations are funny, and he managed to make all of the many species featured interesting and funny. The text is classic Seuss, with witty rhymes and nonsense place names that make it a lot of fun to read out loud. With that said, it is fairly long. The different species of birds go on for page after page, and while the birds and situations are clearly distinct, it does become a bit repetitive after awhile. It’s a fun book; at the same time I understand why it didn’t become a beloved classic like some other Seuss books.
Bottom line? Even a B-list Seuss is still worth a look. This just might be one to get from the library, rather than buying your own copy.
Review by Kate Sweeney
Scrambled Eggs Super! by Dr. Seuss; Random House; c1953